How to Set the Date on Excel to Be Updated Automatically

By Contributor

Updated April 02, 2020

Microsoft Excel has a function that updates the date automatically whenever the spreadsheet is opened. So every time you access the spreadsheet, you can just print out the sheet and it will have the current date on it. This feature allows you to keep track of different modifications of the spreadsheet in paper form without having to remember to note down or change the date yourself.

Click on the cell you want the date to appear.

Screenshot of selecting cell in Excel.

Type "=TODAY()" if you just want the date. Type "=NOW()" if you want the date and time.

Screenshot of current date formula in Excel.

Press "Enter" on your keyboard. The day will automatically appear and update.

Screenshot of current date in Excel displayed in cell.
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